Bicycle Accidents

Millions of Americans use bicycles as transportation for work, leisure, and exercise. Riding a bicycle on the open road can be exhilarating and liberating, but it also carries some danger. Hundreds of cyclists are killed every year on our roads, and thousands more are injured.

What steps can you take to prevent getting hurt while riding your bike?

  1. Wear a helmet – Statistics suggest that the vast majority of cyclists who fail to wear a properly fitted helmet are the ones killed or seriously hurt.
  1. Time of Day – The majority of bike-related fatalities occur during the afternoons between midday and early evening. Bicyclists are also more likely to be seriously hurt or killed while riding on Fridays and Saturdays.
  1. Obey the rules of the road – Cyclists often find themselves in danger when they attempt to circumvent standard traffic procedures. For instance, a bicyclist who weaves between stopped cars at a stop light might be more liable to get hit—even though theoretically drivers should be able to see them in their rear-view mirrors.

Are Utah children at particular risk for getting hurt in bicycle accidents?

Yes. Tragically, the majority of bicycle accidents and deaths involving bicycles in Utah involve children younger than 13 year old. Make sure your child wears a helmet and understands his or her traffic obligations before you give the go ahead for free riding privileges. You should also check bike mechanics—especially the brakes—frequently and install a headlight in case your child stays out on the road past dusk.

The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook

By D. Russell Hymas & Kenneth L. Christensen, Salt Lake City Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Utah Bicycle Accident HandbookChristensen & Hymas has created a FREE Bicycle Accident Handbook that you can request and learn about how to protect yourself from the pitfalls of a bicycle accident. This handbook provides important information on the before, during and after of a bicycle accident, and how you can receive the compensation you deserve if injured. Request our book today and receive a link to a downloadable PDF!

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If you are dealing with the aftermath of a bicycle accident, you need legal representation. Christensen & Hymas has been helping injured clients in the greater Salt Lake City area for years. We understand how to deal with difficult insurance companies and protect the rights of our clients. Call your bicycle accident lawyer representatives at (801) 506-0800 for more information.

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Further Reading: Utah Bicycle Laws

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